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Day Trip: Theme activities focus on family enjoyment in Rockford

Discovery Center Museum features pigs, bubbles

ROCKFORD – Family Fun Days are planned through May at Discovery Center Museum. Each offers activities to keep everyone busy.

Whether March begins as a lion or a lamb. National Pig Day focuses on a different animal. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1, museum visitors will make piggy banks, wear pig tails, and meet the piggies. It's an opportunity to learn all about these barnyard favorites.

Several other events are scheduled for March.

Pi Day is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14. To celebrate this mathematical number, participants will play with puzzles, shapes, and circles, and tackle games.

That day is followed by the Bubble Festival on March 21. The festival has a cost beyond museum admission of $4 in advance through March 14 or $5 at the door. Call 815-963-6769 to get tickets. Geoffrey Akins-Hannah will perform, and after the show visitors will go to the Bubble-Palooza Playground to work on bubble art. The shows are at 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Nano Day will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 28. This time nano science will be featured. Participants will meet scientists, find out more about the future of the science, and jump into hands-on projects.

As March leaves and April begins, Spring Into Science will provide live science demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. March 30 through April 3.

Spring just wouldn't be the same without the Egg-stravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4. Both the Discovery Center Museum and Burpee Museum join together for egg hunting and art projects. The Burpee Museum is at 737 N. Main St.

Children 9 and younger can look for eggs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the museums, and kids of all ages can take part in creating spring artwork. The cost of $11 for children and $8 for adults includes museum admission.

While spending time with the family, take a look at the Janice Voss Astronaut Exhibit. This display commemorates Janice Voss, a Rockford astronaut who died in 2012. Items include one of her flight suits, a flag she took into space on a mission, and a helmet she wore during training.

Adding to the exhibit is information on life as an astronaut in space, such as how they wash their hair, shave, and exercise.

That's not all. Other exhibits also await exploration and discovery.

If you go ...

What: Discovery Center Museum

Where: 711 N. Main St., Rockford

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Cost: $8 admission. Some Family Fun Days cost extra.

Information: or 815-963-6769

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